Newsletter Online April 2007

Issue no. 137

This provides links to selected items from issue no.137, April 2007. It is part of a continuing project to make available selected material from issues before no.156, January 2012.

Features

Are economists conquering the world?
Diane Coyle celebrates the increasing policy influence of economists in recent years but issues a challenge to RES members to engage with the wider public to ensure the legitimacy of this influence and to consider carefully some fundamental changes that are required in the training of young economists.

Secretary-General’s Annual Report
The Secretary-General, Professor Richard Portes, presented the following report on the Society's activities to its Annual General Meeting, held on 11th April during the 2007 Annual Conference at Warwick.

The RES Annual Public Lecture The Bottom Billion
This Royal Economic Society’s Annual Public Lecture, ‘War and Peace in Africa’, was given in London, Edinburgh and Sheffield last December, by Paul Collier of Oxford University. It was based on his new book The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It to be published in May 2007 by Oxford University Press.


Correspondence

Letter from America — Random walks by young economists
As the annual recruitment of young academics draws to a close in the USA, Angus Deaton reflects on changing fashions in graduate work in recent years

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